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Homewood Winery

Homewood Winery The discovery of the enjoyment of wine is an individual one. For David Homewood it was a rapid one as soon as he moved to California in 1979. The shift from sweet whites to full bodied reds took about a month. Unfortunately, he never really settled in to a concentration of any one varietal, and , consequently, produces small batches of many different ones. Starting as a home winemaker in 1983, he and two friends produced wine from a ton of Alexander Valley cabernet. The following year they added a ton of Alexander Valley chardonnay . By 1986 They bought their first ton of chardonnay from the Carneros and the styles of wine Homewood Winery became noted for were born. The core of each wine is the fruit, with moderate french oak and other components adding layers of complexity. The reds are unfiltered and unfined at bottling. " I think that a hands off approach to winemaking allows more varietal character to show through". The Winery was bonded in 1988 and the initial case production was about 500 cases. Zinfandel was added to the production of cabernet and chardonnay in 1992. That year saw case production soar to 2000 . Unlike chard and cab, zin has a lot of areas where it grows well, and each year several different appellations and styles are made. Up through 1996 all the grapes were purchased from growers. At the end of 1996 David was able to purchase a small producing vineyard on Mt Veeder. The addition of this fruit, as it became available to the winery has added new opportunities for the winery… and he gets to drive a tractor. The mission of Homewood Winery is to remain small enough to maintain the hand-crafted approach to winemaking. As the Mt Veeder property is terraced hillside, David immediately began a permanent cover crop for erosion control and soil replenishment, and eliminated the use of herbicides. He has not sprayed any insecticides, as the cover crop helps beneficial insects to winter over. The vineyard was named "Pickle Canyon Vineyard" at the time he acquired it, but the name was quickly changed to "Les Coteaux du Soliel" (The Hillsides Of The Sun). It is also called "The Ranch" (long story). The wines produced from this vineyard supplement the other production. As of 1999 "The Ranch" is producing chardonnay, pinot noir, merlot and zinfandel. Plantings of petite sirah, syrah, grenache and cabernet sauvignon will be brought into production soon. Many of the other wines carry vineyard designates, and are produced year after year. Some are also purchased as he can and produce blended wines from Sonoma and Napa Counties. Petite verdot and barbera are the two new varietals brought in in 2001.

From San Francisco: Take 101 north to 37 east (Vallejo). About 5-6 miles, turn left at Sears Point (Arnold Drive). At highway 121 east (Fremont Drive) take the right fork About 1-1/2 miles, turn right at Burndale Road to the Winery, just past the fence. From Napa: Take highway 121/29 south to highway 12/121 west, turn right. In about 7 miles, turn left onto Burndale Road. From Berkeley/Oakland: Take I-80 east about 20 miles to highway 37 west. Turn right onto highway 29 north - about 2 miles. Follow 29/12 about 7 miles to highway 12 west to Sonoma About 7 miles, turn left onto Burndale Road.

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23120 Burndale Road, Sonoma, CA, US, 95476 Email:
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  2000 Mt Veeder Chardonnay
Soft hints of pear, vanilla and butterscotch with a jammy honey finish. A winemaker's favorite; think lobster, salmon or crab.
  2001 Carneros Chardonnay "Ödmann Vineyard"
Crisp apple and pear up front with a long dry finish; think crab cakes, hard cheeses, lemon raviolis, raw beef carpaccio with arugula and shaved parmesan.
  2002 Carneros Chardonnay "Ödmann Vineyard"
Quite a fruit-bomb and instantly pleasing! Green apple, pear and pineapple with a long lingering finish; think smoked salmon rolled with crème fraiche and chives.
  2002 Mt Veeder Chardonnay
Tropical fruit, rich & smooth; perfect for a seafood dinner.
  2002 Right Bank Blend
Fruit forward, hard candy with a long silky finish; 70% Merlot, 25% Cabernet Blanc & 5% Malbec
  2002 Sonoma Mountain Syrah
Big, black intense fruit; jammy with supple tannins; great with lamb or duck
  4 Flying Wizzbanger Red
50% Zinfandel and 50% Cabernet Sauvignon; very dry with hard candy & black plum & fresh berry finish
  Carneros Chardonnay "Ödmann Vineyard"
Fresh, sweet apple
  Carneros Pinot Noir
Medium body, blackberry and red cherry with lingering finish.
  Carneros Pinot Noir "Queens Cuvee"
Light to medium body with red cherry & a hint of cranberry & a soft floral note on the finish
  Late Harvest Zinfandel
Rich, fruity, well balanced; great with chocolate or blue veined cheeses; a completely unique taste
  McHugh Pinot Noir
Medium body black cherry/berry with a dash of spice & a supple finish
  Mt Veeder Merlot
Big black fruit with lots of blueberry. Rich, round mouth feel with silky finish.
  Mt. Veeder Zinfandel
Blackberry & red raspberry with pepper on the finish.
  Napa Valley Cabernet Sauvignon
A smooth classic cab with a rush of blackberry & a looooong finish
  Napa Valley Grenache
ium body, berry and cherry with lingering finish.
  Napa Valley Zinfandel
Big, bold spicy with a velvety finish.


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